Burglars took keys through a cat flap

Police are reminding people not to leave their keys near cat flaps and letterboxes 
following sa spate of burglaries in Ripley.

The latest incident happened at around 4.30am on Friday, February 1, at a house in Priory Way - but the culprit was caught in the act.

A couple heard a noise downstairs and went to investigate. They saw something being pushed through their cat flap and opened the door to see a man walking off down the driveway. The couple soon realised their keys had been stolen.

Overnight between January 30 and 31, a burglar took an iPod, purses and ornaments while the homeowners were asleep. Police say they used a stick to hook keys through a back door cat flap. Officers are urging people to keep house and car keys out of the view of windows.

Anyone with information about these crimes should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.